Canada Reports First Case of Vaping Related Illness


They say the man had normal lung function before he started using e-cigarettes in May. Plisco said doctors hoped putting the man on the machine on September 5 would allow his lungs to heal, but he continued to get worse.

To date, federal public health authorities have reports of 530 cases in 38 other states and one US territory.

An eighth vaping-related death has been reported as the number of vaping-related breathing illness surpass more than 530.

A congressional subcommittee will hold a hearing on the outbreaks on Tuesday.

Earlier this week, a London, Ont. teen was diagnosed with a severe respiratory illness linked to vaping products. India has banned the sale, import, advertising, and production of e-cigarettes, while Chinese retailers have stopped selling Juul products. Young people in particular have been affected by the epidemic, with about half of reported cases being in people under the age of 25, USA Today reported.

"The cases we're seeing and investigating come from throughout Missouri", Williams said.

In response to reports, eight Canadian health advocate groups have called for the federal government to regulate vape products with policies similar to current nicotine product restrictions in Canada. The common denominator was that they had all recently used vaping products.

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One possibility: The deposits are residue from inhaling vaping oils, such as those containing the marijuana ingredient tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) or vitamin E acetate.

Dr. Nirav Shah, Maine CDC director, said the case highlights the risks and uncertainty about the short- and long-term effects of vaping.

The states of MI and NY in recent weeks have banned flavored e-cigarettes, which many experts say are targeted at underage vape users.

FDA's Office of Criminal Investigation oversees criminal investigations into illegal activities involving products regulated by FDA, arrests individuals involved in the activities, and then brings them before the Department of Justice to be prosecuted.

The Alabama Department of Public Health has identified approximately 15 people in the state of Alabama who are under investigation for lung-related illness from using e-cigarettes.

They include Robert Tarran, a physiologist and vaping expert at the University of North Carolina School of Medicine, and Dr. Peter Shields, a lung cancer specialist at The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center, who has one of the country's largest sets of lung samples from vapers, smokers and never-smokers.

Fox says it is not clear which substances or compounds in the vaping products are leading to harm.